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Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4415)
Thu, 3rd Jul '08 1:05 AM


I was just curious how many left-handed Sploofusers we might have on the island. I'm actually pretty much ambidextrous, but for whatever reason, when it comes to certain tasks, only my left hand works, like when using a PC mouse. Despite trying, my brain just doesn't work when I try to mouse right-handed.

Being trivia buffs, we all know there are many left-handed celebrities, like Bill Clinton and Phil Mickelson.

You here on the island are just as interesting to me as any celebrity, so give a shout if you're a southpaw!

-- Geri

Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Thu, 3rd Jul '08 12:20 PM

Also ambidextrous, but I was originally left-handed. Broke that arm just at the age when writing & eating with a fork became important (28) and just started doing everything with my right (ok, ok, about 3 or 4). Must of stuck because I still write with my right. Any kind of racquet sport and I can use either just as well tho' - which doesn't half annoy your opponents.

And, although it's probably too early to tell, my daughter looks like she's going to be the same.
Really annoying to her opponents.

Donleigh  (Level: 155.4 - Posts: 5412)
Fri, 4th Jul '08 10:50 AM

My only claim to fame is that I can throw a ball with either hand - wicked curve, so-so fastball with the left. I broke my right collarbone young, and got to do things for the summer with my left hand. Guess if you start young it sticks with you.
Oh my God, is that a "life lesson"?

Mplaw51  (Level: 184.8 - Posts: 1581)
Fri, 4th Jul '08 11:42 PM

I'm right-handed and have a left handed son. I've always found left handed people to have more skills generally because they have to learn to do things in a right handed world. As you southpaws know, a left handed task isn't done "the opposite" of a righty, it's an entirely different task. I'm impressed with ambidexterity, not good with my left hand at all!

At least now in school lefty's are allowed to stay that way. It was discouraged when I was young and not allowed when my Dad was young. Crazy, huh?

Bbear  (Level: 167.3 - Posts: 2297)
Sun, 6th Jul '08 3:17 PM

I'm a totaly righty. Cant even brush my teeth with my left. Husband write right, golfs left, plays piano both. One kid is a righty and the other is a lefty (twins). Interesting.

Mrpinto  (Level: 229.3 - Posts: 22)
Mon, 7th Jul '08 1:09 AM

I'm a southpaw but I mouse with my right hand and I'm learning to brush my teeth that way, too (just in case I ever break my left one). I also play guitar 'righty' because it was too confusing to reverse the strings.

Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4415)
Thu, 10th Jul '08 5:14 AM

Thanks for the replies, all very interesting!

Well, here's how I got to be ambidextrous: I've always loved history, and as a girl (around age 9 or 10), I read that Thomas Jefferson had taught himself to write with his left hand after injuring his right wrist. I was inspired by that and decided if Jefferson could learn ambidexterity, so could I. What I didn't know at the time was that I had read a sanitized version of the story. It was only later that I learned that Jefferson had incurred the injury in Paris while romancing married British painter Maria Cosway.

-- Geri

Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4415)
Thu, 10th Jul '08 5:49 AM

P.S. I just realized I might have implied that once I learned of Jefferson's affair, it somehow diminished his achievement in my mind of teaching himself to write left-handed when already in his 40s. No, that wasn't the case. I didn't rip my Jefferson poster off my wall, burn all my Jefferson memorabilia and refuse to leave my room for three days. I just thought the story was interesting once I learned about it.

Speaking of interesting stories, I found this one about a young ambidextrous minor league pitcher for the Staten Island Yankees named Pat Venditte:

-- Geri

Artcr1715  (Level: 100.1 - Posts: 165)
Thu, 24th Jul '08 6:57 PM

I am totally a lefty, but can't control the mouse with my right hand.

Flcyclist  (Level: 131.3 - Posts: 691)
Sat, 26th Jul '08 1:49 AM

I'm a total righty, but did play a set of drums in a dance band during high school. That takes FOUR different coordinations! Does that make me a middley?

Mplaw51  (Level: 184.8 - Posts: 1581)
Sat, 26th Jul '08 11:56 AM

Leonardo Da vinci was a famous lefty. He also perfected "mirror writing" which he did with his left hand, starting the writing on the the right side of the page and going to the left, he would write backwards. He painted with both hands as well. He wrote that way to disguise his writings and not allow others see what he was putting on paper. A very suspicious man...yet remains one of the most brilliant minds this world has ever known.

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